BRIDGEWATER – After six months in 2013, PSGCNJ has helped more of its unemployed members go back into the workforce than all of last year.
PSGCNJ managers (l-r) Kim Lazarus, Haiyan Chen, Cindy Baxter, Toni Maselli and Sharon Smith discuss outreach plans for employers on the Opportunity Committee.
PSGCNJ has confirmed that at least 70 of its unemployed professionals have gone back to work between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013. During 2012, the organization helped 59 members re-enter the workforce.
“We are putting middle-aged, long-term unemployed professionals back into the workforce because our programs work,” said PSGCNJ Executive Director Kenneth Hitchner. “Our programs work because our members believe they can turn a bout of unemployment into an experience that can make them more valuable in the workforce. When they work together and help others to advance our corporation, they help themselves by regaining their structure, purpose and confidence. And employers are taking note.”
PSGCNJ is an independent employment community that puts unemployed professionals back to work through educational and workforce development programs that include networking, support, and employer-outreach services. Currently, the nonprofit is awaiting tax-exempt status.
The educational program includes Accelerated Career Training (ACT) workshops, resume review and mock interview sessions.
The workforce development program includes the six business units that operate the nonprofit corporation. To become an active member, professionals are required to join at least one of the six units and contribute their time and talent to advance the company, which will help them maintain their skill sets.
Membership is open to employed and unemployed professionals. All programs are free.